Chennai, Oct 10 (UNI) In a fresh attack on places of worship in the city, a religious place belonging to the Church of South India (CSI) was targeted by miscreants in the upmarket Annanagar area in the city today.
The attack came despite the stringent warning by Tamil Nadu government that those trying to disturb communal harmony by indulging in attacks on such places and damaging idols would be detained under the Goondas Act.
Police sources said some miscreants pelted stones at the CSI Immanuel place of worship at Sangam Colony Revenue quarters in Annanagar.
They also damaged a statue there, leading to tension in the area for a while.
However, acting on information, police rushed to the spot and provided security.
Though there had been sporadic incidents of attack on palce of worship in some parts of the state, this was the first attack reported in the city.
Meanwhile, in a release here, Tamil Nadu Additional DGP (Law and Order) T Rajendran said whoever indulged in such attacks would be dealt with sternly and detained under the Goondas Act.
He said following attacks on such places in Orissa and Karnataka, steps were taken to protect the lives and property of minority in the state and security tightened in the places of worship.
There were some incidents of attack on religious places and idols were also damaged in some parts of the state.
So far 22 people have been arrested and remanded in judicial custody in connection with such attacks on such places of worship.
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